During After Dark Events, a range of genres are covered, from Maternity/Newborn to Children & Families, High School Seniors, and Commercial & High Fashion. Top mentors in both business and hands on photography are available to work hand-in-hand to answer questions, share techniques, and create & inspire. This is Goal Orientated Education; define what needs to be learned then come find the answers. It’s a 72-hour high-energy get your hands dirty photography lifestyle. Come see for yourself in Charlotte, NC May 14-16, 2012 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place.
* Peter Holcombe presents: Adventure Sports Photography: Whitewater Freestyle Kayaking
When: Sunday, May 13th, 4-6pm, (leave the hotel at 3:30)
Where: The U.S. National Whitewater Center
What: We will be photographing freestyle whitewater kayaking in the controlled environment of the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. This bonus pod will allow participants the ability learn lighting concepts for sports, talk about strategies for photographing in a whitewater river environment, and discuss special equipment Peter uses (GoPro cameras, long lenses, using kayaks to get to the best positions and photograph as an “active participant”). We will be photographing two kayakers surfing a river wave and performing freestyle kayaking tricks. This will be a great kick off to AD – Charlotte!
How Much: It’s included in your After Dark registration, how cool is that!!!
What to bring: camera, lenses (70-200 is great but wide angle’s can be fun as well), We will have loaner super telephoto lenses from Canon available to demo. lots of memory cards for high speed shooting, any other photography equipment you would normally want/need, a water bottle, sunscreen, snack (if you like), wear appropriate comfortable footwear.
Map: from After Dark hotel to National Whitewater Center: 30 minutes
What are Critiques?
Mentors will be available to look over your work (digital or print) and make suggestions and answer questions. Bring your images, marketing or sales pieces, product samples or anything you’d like them to review.
What is a Round Table?
A panel of mentors will be available to share ideas and answer questions on a range of topics. Bring your questions or scenario examples and ask them how they would answer/handle the issue. You’ll get to hear multiple views on the same topic. Ask questions.
What is Mentor Meet and Greet?
This is your opportunity to meet the mentors and partners. Make your rounds and say hello to everyone. Our partners will be there to answer any questions you may have on any of the products or services they offer. Some of the mentors will also have products or services that they offer anything from DVD Tutorials, Books, Textures, Workflow Help, or Consultation.
What is a Business/Production Pod (1-10)?
Mentors will speak on a multitude of topics ranging from Business, Pricing & Sales, Networking & Social Media, Studio & Customer Management and Workflow, to Demonstrating Photoshop, Lightroom, ProSelect, and other Software Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.
What are the Afternoon Location Sessions about?
On Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon, we will spend the first 15 min. going over what each mentor will be photographing/teaching, the techniques involved, and where they will be. All groups will then leave at 1:30p or 3:30p for their location photography session.
What is a Studio Bay (11-20)?
Mini Studios complete with multiple lights and modifiers for you to learn lighting techniques from fundamental to creative/advanced, all levels of posing, prop and set management/design, and composition. You will also have the ability to work in studio bays in small groups without a mentor and practice techniques you’ve learned or experiment with new ones.
What happens at 10:30p and Beyond? Why is it called After Dark?
The hard core learning takes place in the afternoon and early evening sessions. They are directed at the “real life” situations you encounter everyday in your studio. At 10:30p there are no limitations. Mentors will be showing off their creativity, working with each other and pushing the bar higher. It is encouraged that EVERYONE take the opportunity to do things outside of their comfort zone. Grab a group, a model, and some lighting and go create something together. Challenge yourself to recreate the techniques you learned earlier in the day. It’s time to let the creative juices flow and feed off of each other.
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 JM Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 75032
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How Other’s Describe After Dark:“AD is the only place to learn photography and business from leading names in the industry. Learn, grow, experience, network and go home with techniques and knowledge you can put to use right now!”Frozen Image“Take all the individual trade shows, conventions and workshops out there and combine them into one single, customizable, hands-on, multi-day event and you have After Dark. Everything from indoor/outdoor lighting fundamentals and the latest trends & techniques to business, sales and customer experience training from the best mentors who are not only living it everyday, but willing to share it and thrive in the success of others. The new standard of education in the photographic industry.”
“After Dark is Photographic Cocaine. You can’t understand how great it feels until you try it. Once you try it you can’t stop.”
“A festival of creative madness.”
Julie Tetz Bertonazzi
“The best place to learn a LOT of knowledge at once!”
Cristal Matthews Grossnicklaus
“A moveable gathering of creativity and productivity for professional photographers, After Dark is a nexus, like the convergence of a Chinese fire drill and a Vulcan mind meld. Bring your burning questions to this interactive gathering of minds for proven answers from experienced mentors and flashing, inspirational leaps of insights gained from your real-time collaborations with them and other participants to apply as solutions, to build greater success in your business.”
“After Dark is NOT a seminar, it’s a 72 hour lifestyle.”
“Amazing, Unpredictable, Fun, Creative, Great Energy, Talent, Love, Respect, Welcoming, Extraordinary, limitless, Incredible, Elite Greatness= I Challenge you to ATTEND
SO YOU Can Define AFTER Dark for Yourself!”
“72 hours of high energy, get-your-hands-dirty photography, with really talented instructors teaching you everything you want to know. Kidnapping Ansel Adams is the only alternative that I see.”
“Ultimate Photography Mashup – combination, visualization, aggregation – combines data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services.”